Sin Cyn: An Equal Parts Cynar Cocktail

Shake Stir Sip Sin Cyn Cynar Cocktail
Photo by John Lee

Created by Paul Dellevigne of Philadelphia’s Red Owl Tavern

The “Cyn” in this drink refers to Cynar, an Italian bitter made from artichokes (although another mild amaro could be substituted in a pinch). This drink nods to the classic Cin-Cyn (equal parts Cynar, sweet vermouth, gin), which in turn nods to the Negroni. Yet, this drink deserves to stand alone as more than just another Negroni knock-off; the Scotch whisky provides plenty of oomph and personality.

From Shake.Stir.Sip: More Than 50 Effortless Cocktails in Equal Parts, by Kara Newman (Chronicle Books)

  • 1 oz Cynar
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth 
  • 1 oz Scotch whisky 
  • Orange twist for garnish
  • Ice cubes, plus one large ice cube or sphere for serving

In an ice-filled mixing glass, combine the Cynar, sweet vermouth, and Scotch. Stir well, and strain into a rocks glass over a large cube of ice. Garnish with the orange twist before serving.

Published on September 20, 2016